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Ballerina Misty Copeland to Speak at UC Riverside

Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland

The first African American female principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre (ABT), Misty Copeland, will visit UC Riverside to present a free public lecture on Thursday, Dec. 10, at the University Theatre. Admission will be based on a first come, first served basis. Line-up begins at 5 p.m., doors will open at 6 p.m. and the lecture begins at 7 p.m. Free parking will be available in Lot 6.

Copeland’s appearance has been more than a year in the making, said Ken Simons, the director of African Student Programs, who reached out to the dancer’s agent in September 2014.

“I have been looking forward to bringing Misty to UCR for quite some time. It’s great to have our co-sponsors share this epic moment in timewith our campus and community,” said Simons. “Not often do we witness something that is a global first, and the UCR community will have that rare opportunity to see an international icon at the top of her profession. Misty drew a line in her own sand, leaped over insurmountable adversity and landed on greatness!”

A rising star in the ballet world, Copeland gained notice in 2007 when she became ABT’s first African American female soloist (a rank below principal dancer) in 20 years. In 2014, she was featured in an Under Armour ad that went viral, gaining over 9 million views to date, and in April 2015 Time Magazine named her one of the “100 most influential people.” But perhaps she is best known for being the first African American female promoted to principal dancer at ABT this past June. Even as her promotion was celebrated, it raised all-too-familiar questions about why African American dancers, particularly women, remain so underrepresented at top ballet companies in the 21st century, despite the work of pioneering black dancers who broke racial barriers in the past, said Anthea Kraut, chair of the dance department at UCR.

“Misty Copeland is a role model to many, not only because of her phenomenal dancing but also for overcoming so many obstacles and for challenging ideas about what a ballerina should look like,” said Kraut. “Her presence at UCR will energize all dancers to pursue their dreams and to speak out against racial stereotypes.”

Xiomora Forbes, a Ph.D. student in critical dance studies, agreed.

“I’m excited to have Misty Copeland come to UCR and share her experiences with navigating the ballet world. I’ve always looked up to her because she started ballet late and because she never let anyone stop her from reaching her goals. It is an honor to have her on campus with us,” Forbes explained.

The visit is being coordinated by UCR’s African Student Programs and supported by the Highlander Empowerment Referendum. Co-sponsors of the event include the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Dance, Department of Athletics, Department of Theatre, Film and Digital Production, and the Voice News.

The trailer of “A Ballerina’s Tale,” a documentary about Copeland, will be played prior to the talk, and there will be a performance by Bre Dance Studio in Riverside. Copeland will perform in “The Nutcracker” at Costa Mesa’s Segerstrom Hall on December 16 and 19.

San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board Y4 event brings over 600 youth together

Participants attended workshops, listened to motivational speakers, shared stories of personal struggles

A resource fair was arranged during the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board’s Y4 event to provide youth the opportunity to learn more about industries such as healthcare, education and public service and inquire about the necessary steps they should take in order to obtain a career in that particular field.

A resource fair was arranged during the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board’s Y4 event to provide youth the opportunity to learn more about industries such as healthcare, education and public service and inquire about the necessary steps they should take in order to obtain a career in that particular field.

Over 600 youth who participate in San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board’s youth programs throughout the county came together for a day of networking, listening to motivational speakers and attending career workshops on Friday, Nov. 20 at the Ontario Convention Center.  Pictured from left are Carlos Vasquez, 17, Academic Coach Ivan Lumba, and Shane Hoffman, 23, of Operation New Hope.

Over 600 youth who participate in San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board’s youth programs throughout the county came together for a day of networking, listening to motivational speakers and attending career workshops on Friday, Nov. 20 at the Ontario Convention Center. Pictured from left are Carlos Vasquez, 17, Academic Coach Ivan Lumba, and Shane Hoffman, 23, of Operation New Hope.

Entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker Arel Moodie acted as the emcee during the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board’s annual Y4 event.  Moodie also presented workshops on workplace success and networking.  His dynamic sessions engaged youth who sat and listened intently to his advice that included the importance of working hard, taking the initiative, being the “best employee ever,” and taking pride in even the most menial tasks.

Entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker Arel Moodie acted as the emcee during the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board’s annual Y4 event. Moodie also presented workshops on workplace success and networking. His dynamic sessions engaged youth who sat and listened intently to his advice that included the importance of working hard, taking the initiative, being the “best employee ever,” and taking pride in even the most menial tasks.

Dr. Alex Ellis, nationally renowned motivational speaker and author, was the keynote speaker during the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board’s Y4 event.  Personal presentation was this year’s theme, and youth were dressed in professional attire procured from Goodwill.  Dr. Ellis underscored that one’s outfit should compliment their true nature.  “I don’t want you wearing a shirt and tie, and you’re at home beating your girlfriend. Be the best person you can be on the inside and express it through clothing on the outside in order to get the respect and reputation you deserve.”

Dr. Alex Ellis, nationally renowned motivational speaker and author, was the keynote speaker during the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board’s Y4 event. Personal presentation was this year’s theme, and youth were dressed in professional attire procured from Goodwill. Dr. Ellis underscored that one’s outfit should compliment their true nature. “I don’t want you wearing a shirt and tie, and you’re at home beating your girlfriend. Be the best person you can be on the inside and express it through clothing on the outside in order to get the respect and reputation you deserve.”

 

“Watch Me Whip … Now Watch Me Nae Nae!”

Lou Coleman

Lou Coleman

By Lou Coleman

“Watch me whip whip, Watch me nae nae [Want me do it?] Now watch me whip [Kill it!] Watch me nae nae (Okay!) Now watch me whip whip, Watch me nae nae [Can you do it?] [Silento – Watch Me Lyrics]…

You see Christ said [Matthew 16:18] … Upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of Hell SHALL NOT prevail against it. You need to realize that you have “Spiritual Authority” through Jesus Christ. You need not live in fear of the demonic; you are not to see demons behind every bush. But rather, you are called to make use of the protection God provides for you in Christ. “Put on the whole armour of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places…. Your spiritual warfare with the devil should always be with the consciousness that you have authority over him because he is already a defeated foe. The promise we have from Scripture is that when we “Resist the devil, He will flee from” us [James 4:7]. Don’t miss the word “flee.” Flee is something someone does when he is on the run from a superior force. The devil’s a coward. He picks on us when we are feeling weak, but he turns tail when we show the first sign of strength. Never forget; YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN AUTHORITY OVER THE POWER OF THE ENEMY. So the next time the devil gets in your face [first make certain there’s no unconfessed, unrepented sin in your life] then tell the devil to hell with you!  I’m not going to listen to you!  I don’t have to obey you! I’m saved!  I’m redeemed!  My body is the temple of the Holy Ghost!  You have no right here! You are trespassing!  In the name of Jesus I refuse you! I rebuke you! Break yourself fool and get to stepping… And he will flee from you. I tell you, you must ALWAYS TAKE AUTHORITY OVER THE DEVIL. If not, he will take control over you.

I want you to know that that ole pickpocket, embezzler, burglar, mugger, swindler, con, shoplifter, bandit and pirate; the great enemy of God and man; the devil, the adversary, that criminal who wants to steal our salvation, our clear conscience, our confidence, and our hope; has been caught, found guilty and sentenced to life in prison. He must “GO TO JAIL: And Go directly to jail. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200.” You see the devil has always been about taking what doesn’t belong to him. He robbed Adam and Eve of the garden and he stole their innocence. He robbed Job of his family, his wealth and his health. He snatched away one of the twelve from Jesus side and walks about as a roaring lion,” according to [1 Peter 5:8] “seeking whom he may devour.” The devil robbed Jesus of the dignity due Deity through the travesty of a trial by the Jewish hierarchy; by the scoffing of the soldiers who with a crown of thorns feigned to honor him as king before nailing Him to the cross. You must enforce Jesus victory and Lordship in the situations of life, or the devil will take control by default. Amen! So this, my friend, is what we’ve come to do.   “Tear down strongholds, Break the chains, and Bind the devil in Jesus’ name. For tonight, WE GOT A RIGHT, to shake the Foundation with Praise!” Hallelujah! [Joe Pace – Shake the Foundation]

In closing I want you to know that Jesus commanded. He spoke authoritatively. He spoke unhesitatingly, unequivocatingly. And He gave mandates, not suggestions. [1 John 4:4] says, “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” Know that you know…. That’s it and that’s all!